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The D.C. Circuit says the plaintiffs challenging the NSA's phone surveillance program have not provided enough information to justify halting the metadata collection while the case progresses. (Credit: AP)

BREAKING: DC Circ. Lets NSA Phone Surveillance Continue Amid Suit

The D.C. Circuit lifted a lower court’s injunction on the National Security Agency’s phone metadata collection program on Friday, ruling in a 2-1 decision the plaintiffs challenging the program lacked a substantial likelihood to win the case.

  • BREAKING: Nautilus Dooms Dow's $30M Award In IP Row, Fed. Circ. Rules

    The Federal Circuit on Friday threw out $30 million in supplemental damages that Dow Chemical Co. won in a patent dispute with Nova Chemicals Corp. over two plastics technology patents, ruling that under the U.S. Supreme Court's Nautilus decision the patents are invalid as indefinite.

  • NLRB Puts Spotlight On Employers' Business Relationships

    The National Labor Relations Board's blockbuster decision on Thursday changing its joint employer standard expanded the universe of entities that could be saddled with unfair labor practice liabilities and bargaining obligations, a move that lawyers say should prompt employers to re-evaluate business relationships with the broader joint employer definition in mind.

  • Newman, Chiasson Fight SG's Supreme Court Cert. Bid

    Todd Newman and Anthony Chiasson, the hedge fund managers whose insider-trading convictions were famously overturned by a federal appeals court in December, both urged the Supreme Court this week not to extend the life of the case just so that the solicitor general could take a stab at a moot point.

  • Tribal Gas Tax Refunds Constitutional, Wash. High Court Says

    The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a challenge over a state law allowing the governor to negotiate gas tax refund agreements with Native American tribes, shooting down claims that the pacts run afoul of the state’s constitution.

  • Judge Calls IP Suit 'Unreasonable' In Zynga Sanctions Bid

    A California federal judge bashed Segan LLC and its counsel, Blank Rome LLP, Thursday for filing a “totally unreasonable” infringement suit against Zynga Inc. over a patent covering character icons that can interact with websites, but said he wasn't sure it was enough to justify $1 million in sanctions.

  • EPA's Clean Water Rule Halted In 13 States

    A North Dakota federal judge on Thursday blocked the implementation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' rule clarifying the jurisdictional scope of the Clean Water Act in 13 states just one day before the rule was to go into effect, calling the measure "exceptionally expansive." 


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